Audiology Care and Hearing Aid Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) including FM systems, Alarm Clocks, TV and Phone Amplifiers
Assistive listening devices are devices that can help a listener function better in day-to-day communication situations. ALDs can be used with or without hearing aids to make hearing easier, which can reduce the overall stress and fatigue of listening. ALDs can be used in the home to make alarms, televisions and telephones more audible.
Some causes of dizziness or imbalance are related to the ear. If you are experiencing dizziness or balance problems the first step would be to see one of our ENT (ear, nose, and throat) physicians. They may request balance (vestibular) testing to confirm or rule out possible causes of your balance complaints. Tests to determine the cause or source of dizziness may include hearing tests, balance function tests, brainstem response evaluations, and/or imaging studies of the ear or brain.
Advantage Audiology keeps a supply of batteries for you to purchase in our office. Stop in routinely for fresh batteries. Make sure to check the batteries in your hearing devices often and make sure there is no dirt, wax or debris interfering with the batteries performance.
Cell Phone Accessories
Advantage Audiology can provide custom earmolds for cell phone headsets, Bluetooth compatible devices, hands-free devices and more.
Cerumen Removal (Ear Wax Removal)
Cerumen, or ear wax, can be removed from the ear canal so that it does not interfere with listening or comfort, especially for individuals who wear hearing aids. Your audiologist will look in your ears at every visit to ensure cerumen is not interfering with the function of your hearing aids. If it is, we will try to safely remove the cerumen. Our physicians may also assist in this process if it is too deep or too impacted.
Counseling on the use and care of your hearing aids
Our Audiologists will work with you at the initial fitting of your hearing aids and during the trial period to ensure you are comfortable with the use and care of your devices. They are available to help you with problems you may be having with your hearing aids. They can also spend time with you and discuss ways to make listening with hearing aids easier in your day-to-day life. Family members are welcome and encouraged to come with you and learn about your hearing aids.
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations
Complete hearing tests can be scheduled and performed by our licensed Audiologists. You will be tested in a sound treated booth using a series of low to high frequency tones by way of Air Conduction and Bone Conduction. In addition, we will have you repeat a list of words to determine your ability to understand speech within a quiet conversation. The results of these tests will help us determine the amount of hearing loss you have, your ability to understand speech and how much benefit you may receive from hearing aids or other assistive devices.
Some hearing aids are custom made and others may require a custom earmold. Our Audiologists will take earmold impressions to send to the manufacturer so that the hearing aids or earmolds can be made based on the exact contours of your ears. This allows us to ensure that your hearing aids or earmolds fit perfectly.
Evaluation and Fitting for Musician's Ear Plugs
Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings. They may be exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods, which may put them at risk for permanent hearing damage. Musician’s ear plugs are custom-made devices that help to limit the sound exposure from instruments, while still providing a rich musical experience for the performer. Those who enjoy attending concerts may also benefit from the protection of musicians ear plugs.
Hearing Aid Fitting and Trial Period
When you are fitted with your hearing aids, our Audiologists will initially program the hearing aids based on the results of your hearing test. We may also make adjustments, using the computer, based on your first impression of how the hearing aids sound. This is just a starting point for you to try the hearing aids for the first week or two. After the first week or two, we will have you come back to give us feedback on how well you can hear in your normal surroundings.
Adjustments will be made based on the experiences that you have. It is important that you wear your hearing aids every day and to remember that many adjustments can be made to optimize your hearing aids to your listening environments. We will schedule as many follow-up appointments as necessary to ensure you are comfortable with your new hearing aids.
Please remember that when you get new hearing aids, you need to allow your brain to make adjustments as well. Most people go many years without hearing sounds properly and our brains forget what everything sounds like. We also forget how noisy our world is. This adjustment process can take several weeks, and in some cases several months.
Once your hearing aids have been fitted and adjusted to your complete satisfaction, we recommend returning every 6 months for a routine cleaning and check of your hearing aids. During these visits, we will also look in your ears to determine if there is any build-up of cerumen (wax) that may be affecting the function of the hearing aids. Of course, you can have your hearing aids checked by us at any time. Regular maintenance will ensure that your hearing aids continue to function well for you.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
During a hearing aid evaluation, you will meet with one of our Audiologists who will review your hearing loss with you. We will have you describe to us what situations are the most difficult in which to hear well. Likewise, we will discuss the times and locations that are most critical for you to have optimal hearing. We will discuss with you the different styles of hearing aids available, the different levels of technology, and what you should expect from hearing aids. We will work with you on finding the best option for your comfort and lifestyle. Custom impressions may be taken of your ears, depending on the style of hearing aid chosen.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Some minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting. However, in certain situations, the hearing aids may need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Our Audiologists can help determine what kind of a repair is necessary if you feel your hearing aid is not working properly.
Live Speech Mapping
Live Speech Mapping is a fitting process that uses probe microphones and live real-time speech to allow the patient and their family members to immediately see and understand the benefits of hearing aids and fitting adjustments. This is typically performed sometime during the 60 trial period.
Tympanometry is a test used to check the condition of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum. This is done by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal.